Every once in awhile I’ll run the “What’s Hot” Ebay search from the “Shop for Antiques” page to see what people are buying in the 19th century space and I just ran it this morning. Judging by what is there, it seems that Quartersawn, Horner style, Griffin-laden furniture is what is selling. Of the 10 items shown by my search (those over $400, 19th century, and with active bidding), 4 of them are from Bradford’s Antiques who does a great job refinishing and selling quality pieces of this style. The above Chifferobe from Bradford’s has been bid up to $4,600. The griffin mantel below is currently at $3,028 and both have 3 days to go yet.
There is another popular seller, North Wind Antiques who has 3 items seeing active bidding. All told, that means that 70% of the active mid-level 19th century furniture on Ebay is being sold by two popular sellers.
Another side observation is that 3 of the 10 active items are bedroom sets. The high-end ones have not seen reserve-exceeding bidding action recently but these $1,000 or less sets are seeing interest.